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Was It A Good Idea For The City Of Newark To Create A Bracelet Collection Made Out Of Melted-Down Guns?

Submitted by on January 21, 2013 – 10:22 amNo Comment

In the past, the city of Newark has had a bit of a gun problem. Well, in reality, it’s actually been more than “a bit of” a gun problem. It’s been a huge gun problem. Although the city has been able to improve its crime rates over the course of the last few years thanks to the diligent work of Mayor Cory Booker and the Newark Police Department, the murder rates in Newark have been off the charts during the last decade. So, like many cities, they’ve turned to gun buy-back programs in order to try and get guns off the streets and eliminate crime. They’ve given Newark residents perks in order to try and entice them to turn in illegal firearms, and they’ve gone ahead and melted down those firearms to make sure that they haven’t fallen into the wrong hands again. But, they’ve also done something pretty remarkable with the melted-down guns in order to try and continue to be able to hold gun buy-back events.

Recently, Mayor Booker and the city of Newark launched the Caliber Collection, a collection of bracelets that has been created using the melted-down guns. They come in a range of different colors, like silver, copper, and gold, and they include intricate details like the serial numbers of the guns that were melted down to make them. And, while it’s kind of weird to think that people are walking around with old guns wrapped around their wrists, it’s also kind of cool to see exactly what is being done with all of the firearms that are turned in at gun buy-back programs.

The money raised by the Caliber Collection is going to a good cause, too. Almost every dollar that is raised through the sales of the Caliber Collection is put back into a pot that will eventually be used to hold more gun buy-back events in the future. So, in essence, the city of Newark won’t have to come out of pocket to buy back guns anymore. Over time, they’ll be able to use the guns that they purchase to make more and more bracelets, and they’ll be able to fund their gun buy-back events and hold more of them to get guns off the street. Pretty cool, huh?

Do you like what the city of Newark is doing with the Caliber Collection, and do you think other cities should adopt a similar approach to guns? Or, do you think it’s a little too creepy for cities to sell jewelry made out of old guns? Let us know.

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